Global Warming Already Killing Species

air pollutionClimate change caused extinction has commenced in earnest, yet another indication of the urgency of implementing rigorous policy now. A review of hundreds of scientific studies has concluded that “animal and plant species have begun dying off or changing sooner than predicted because of global warming… These fast-moving adaptations come as a surprise even to biologists and ecologists because they are occurring so rapidly.” Cold dependent species and species unable to move further north or to higher elevations are dying. Just five years ago it was thought this would take many years to occur, but the new report indicates it is happening much more quickly than had been expected. The sheer mass of humanity's impacts upon the Earth has lead to global heating and numerous other instances of global ecosystem collapse [search] including eroding soils [search], water scarcity [search], desertification [search] and forest loss and simplification [search]. Human industrial and personal consumption activities are making the Earth uninhabitable, and humanity is just one of many animals losing their habitat and in danger of imminent extinction. If you haven't yet, see Al Gore's movie on DVD, it makes it crystal clear.

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  1. Anthony says:

    Some more quotes from “It's a matter of survival” Gordon and Suzuki
    “Almost 100 years ago, Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius calculated that the coal burned since the Industrial Revolution might be releasing enough carbon dioxide to heat the planet.He predicted that a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would lead to a rise in the Earth's surface temperature of four to six Celsius (7.2 degrees F to 10.8 degrees F).
    Arrhenius' conclusions went largely unnoticed for more than six decades, until 1958, when scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography decided to follow up on his prediction.Charles Keeling, a graduate student, set up a carbon-dioxide-monitoring station at Mauna Loa in Hawaii. What he has been accumulating over the past 32 years is indisputable evidence that our oil-and coal-burning civilization is rapidly increasing the amount of heat- trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere-by more than 25% since the Industrial Revolution.
    The first direct measurement of carbon dioxide levels showed them to be 300 parts per million(ppm) early in the 20th century. When Keeling started his tracking in 1958, he measured annual concentrations of 316ppm; by 1988, levels had climbed to 352 ppm, and by 1989, up two parts, to 354. Once that concentration of carbon dioxide passes 400 ppm, which it is predicted to do in the next 50 years or less, the atmosphere may be entering a rapidly changing state it hasn't been in before. And that is what has scientists worried.” I believe its currently at about 388 and rising 2-3 ppm per year,that gives us some 12 years to reach 400ppm.
    “Climatologist Stephen Schneider has been studying the global warming-problem for the past decade. Schneider points out that the concept of the greenhouse effect is not a scientifically controversial proposition; it is,after all, the process that gave life to the Earth originally. Schneider likes to talk about the Goldilocks theory; we just have to look at our sister planets Mars and Venus to see how important the global greenhouse is. Venus is too hot for life; Mars is too cold; the Earth is just right. Until now,atmospheric greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide have trapped just enough sunlight to keep the average surface temperature of the planet at a benign 15degrees C (59F).Humanity is now tinkering with that life sustaining balance.Schneider says:
    'We already know enough to know that heat trapping properties of gases are there ,that gases are increasing and that we're going to heat the planet.The other thing we know–and,I think,virtually for sure–is that there is much better than an even betting odds chance that by 2040 the world will be in a climatic regime unprecedented in the era of civilization.That means more than,say,two degrees celsius(3.6F) warmer than it was during the average of the past several thousand years .That rate of change is what has most of us concerned.'
    Nature changes the climate a degree or so over a millenium from time to time;five degrees over 5000 to 10000 years.The last Ice Age was about five degrees colder than the present, so in the past 5000 to 10000 years, we've warmed up about five degrees celsius(9F)on average–more like 10 or 20 degreesC(18 to 36degeesF) in Canada.That temperature rise melted the mile-high ice sheet.
    says Schneider,
    'The point is that the forests moved literally thousands of kilomatres in response to this warming. The sea levels rose 100 metres(328ft.) species went extinct;others evolved. warming revamped the ecological face of the planet, but it took 10,000 years to do it with FIVE degrees.
    Now what are we talking about? The low end of what humans are talking about is one degree of warming over the next century. The high end is five to 10c(9 to 18F). So we are looking at changes that are DEGREES A CENTURY,whereas the natural rate of change is DEGREES,AT MOST,A MILLENIUM.'
    What Stephen Schneider is telling us is that we're looking at rates of change at least 10 times faster than nature's,in 2040,it is quite possible that those rates will have escalated to 100 TIMES NATURE'S.
    It is not only climatologists who are worried. Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson ,who has spent a lifetime documenting the life in the rain forests,says: 'If we could say the world is going to get too warm to be comfortably sustainable, that species are going to go extinct in 10,000 years, then I don't think I would worry. But we're talking about now– not 10,000 years or even 1000 years,but DECADES.'
    And we're talking about a change that will affect all life on Earth.'It would be sheer arrogance for any scientist to tell you that he or she understands the distribution of effects from that accelerated climate change,'
    says Stephen Schneider.
    'How will diseases change? How will ecosystems be affected? What will happen to crops ,water resources,forest fires? the more rapidly the climate changes, the less likely it will be that we can predict;and to adapt,we must be able to determine in time what is and will be happening.nature needs even more lead-time to adapt than we do.Quite simply ,that means things will go extinct in place unless we start becoming ecological engineers and transplanting them,with who knows what consequences.'”
    ” It's a matter of survival” was the first and most influential call to action which alerted me to the seriousness of the eco crisis.Since then 16 years ago the mainstream media have downplayed and ignored the issues,I suppose most people hoped it would just go away or sort itself out.

  2. Kirt Griffin says:

    I dare say, if the world is dependent on “Mr. Schneider says” we are in trouble. I recall his scare of global cooling a few years back. Now he is covering his bases with global warming can cause an ice age. When one represents a group that produced the “Hockey Stick” thru the misapplication of PCA and inner circle peer review, how can we have any confidence in the predictions from computer modeling based on insufficient parameters and associated data. One cannot evaluate tree rings and correlate the results to temperature without knowledge of the carbon in the air or the rainfall for starters. Both of these parameters would affect tree ring growth and are not covered in the analysis. The other main factor, almost never discussed, is that water vapor is by far the most prevalent GHG, not CO2. AGW effect is limited to a change in GHG on the order of a mere .28%
    The following sums it up. In an interview with Discovery magazine Oct 1998, Mr Schneider said “We have to offer up scary scenarios, make symplified dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest” One has to wonder exactly where Mr. Schneider's balance point really is.

  3. Art says:

    Approximately 70% of our cancer fighting medications are found in the rain forest. To date we have only tested a fraction of the potential medical solutions found from plants of the rainforest. It is for this reason why we must all, where ever we are located, think of ways that we can help to preserve the rainforst. I personally purchase food and other products that are naturally farmed from the rainsforest. Clearcutting has devestated the amazon. Heart of palm is an example of poor forest management, cutting of a palm tree for a 6 inch food item. I purchase products that are farmed from the rainforest, the latest and most effective of which is the acai berry, “Tree of Life” as it's been called. It's also been called the World's #1 Superfood by Dr. Nicolas Perricone on the Oprah show. It has 30 times the antioxidants of red wine, omega 3,6, and 9, the protein of an egg. I recommend that any health consious, environmentally consious person purchase some. I found it at http://www.mymonavie.com/midwestmonavie. It is life changing food.

  4. Mika says:

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  5. Kellie says:

    People need to focus more on how Global Warming is affecting our earth's species. Some people don't realize how crucial some of these species being affected by Global Warming are to humans. They play an essential role in our lives and with their environments at stake, who knows what the future has to hold. Some argue that species have always had to adapt to changing climates. And most are able to. But with the climate changing so quickly now, the species might not have time to adapt. We should focus more on how this issue is affecting the animals and different organisms.

  6. B-Rod says:

    Global Warming is something is going to harm every single factor of our entire lives. Yes, it is going to harm our lives, but more importantly it is going to harm the lives of our plants and animals. They are probably used to the weather changes, but by the looks of it, climate is going to be changing faster than we have ever seen before. Humans are able to adapt quickly because of everything we know already, so when it comes to global warming, what we really need to worry about are the plants and animals because they provide more for the earth than most people know.

  7. cesar says:

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  8. Emily winakor says:

    we whant to stop killing our only home.we whant to stop global warming.but use it if it is nesasary to use it.we whant to help mother erth.3 graders whant to do somethings.we need help get some people to help.

  9. kendall nicholson says:

    This is so true global warming is killing animals like polar bears beacuse they can't get to another iceberg they drind because golba warmimng is mealting glashers in the oceans animals can go from one to another.

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